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Hunting Hours

2022-2023 Official Hunting Hours for Game Animals and Forest Grouse*

Always know your target.

The “golden hour” may be an effective time for finding game, but as light diminishes, so does your ability to identify your target. In these situations, make sure you know your target and what is beyond.

*These are lawful hunting hours (one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset) for game animals and forest grouse (ruffed, blue, spruce) during established seasons.

Exceptions:

(a) Bobcat and raccoon are exempt from hunting hour restrictions except as stated on Deer General Seasons. A small game license is required to harvest a bobcat. Night Hunting for Bobcat is prohibited in the following GMUs that fall within the Lynx management zones: 101, 105, 111, 113, 117, 203, 204, 215, 218, 224, 231, 233, 242 through 247, 250, 426 and 450.

(b) Hunting hours for falconry seasons (except migratory game bird seasons) are exempt from these hunting hours, except on designated pheasant release sites.

Hunting hours for turkeys are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. Turkey and other small game seasons will be published in the Game Bird and Small Game Regulations pamphlet in June.

Dates (Inclusive)

Western Washington

Eastern Washington

Daylight Savings Time

Thurs. Sept. 1 – Sun. Sept. 4

6:00 am – 8:15 pm

5:45 am – 8:05 pm

Mon. Sept. 5 – Sun. Sept. 11

6:05 am – 8:05 pm

5:55 am – 7:55 pm

Mon. Sept. 12 – Sun. Sept. 18

6:15 am – 7:50 pm

6:05 am – 7:40 pm

Mon. Sept. 19 – Sun. Sept. 25

6:25 am – 7:40 pm

6:10 am – 7:25 pm

Mon. Sept. 26 – Sun. Oct. 2

6:35 am – 7:25 pm

6:25 am – 7:10 pm

Mon. Oct. 3 – Sun. Oct. 9

6:45 am – 7:10 pm

6:35 am – 6:55 pm

Mon. Oct. 10 – Sun. Oct. 16

6:55 am – 7:05 pm

6:40 am – 6:45 pm

Mon. Oct. 17 – Sun. Oct. 23

7:05 am – 6:40 pm

6:55 am – 6:30 pm

Mon. Oct. 24 – Sun. Oct. 30

7:15 am – 6:30 pm

7:00 am – 6:20 pm

Mon. Oct. 31 – Sat. Nov. 5

7:25 am – 6:20 pm

7:15 am – 6:05 pm

Pacific Standard Time

Sun. Nov. 6

6:25 am – 5:20 pm

6:15 am – 5:05 pm

Mon. Nov. 7 – Sun. Nov. 13

6:35 am – 5:10 pm

6:25 am – 4:55 pm

Mon. Nov. 14 – Sun. Nov. 20

6:45 am – 5:00 pm

6:35 am – 4:50 pm

Mon. Nov. 21 – Sun. Nov. 27

6:55 am – 4:55 pm

6:45 am – 4:40 pm

Mon. Nov. 28 – Sun. Dec. 4

7:05 am – 4:50 pm

6:55 am – 4:40 pm

Mon. Dec. 5 – Sun. Dec. 11

7:15 am – 4:50 pm

7:00 am – 4:35 pm

Mon. Dec. 12 – Sun. Dec. 18

7:20 am – 4:50 pm

7:10 am – 4:35 pm

Mon. Dec. 19 – Sun. Dec. 25

7:25 am – 4:50 pm

7:10 am – 4:40 pm

Mon. Dec. 26 – Sun. Jan. 1

7:25 am – 4:55 pm

7:15 am – 4:45 pm

Mon. Jan. 2 – Sun. Jan. 8

7:25 am – 5:00 pm

7:15 am – 4:50 pm

Mon. Jan. 9 – Sun. Jan. 15

7:25 am – 5:10 pm

7:10 am – 5:00 pm

Mon. Jan. 16 – Sun. Jan. 22

7:20 am – 5:20 pm

7:10 am – 5:10 pm

Mon. Jan. 23 – Sat. Jan. 29

7:15 am – 5:30 pm

7:00 am – 5:20 pm

Mon. Jan. 30 – Tues. Jan. 31

7:10 am – 5:35 pm

6:55 am – 5:25 pm

No Hunting of Pronghorn Antelope

Pronghorn antelope disappeared from Washington decades ago, but have recently been reintroduced to both the Yakama and Colville Reservations (where tribal governments have authority over resident wildlife). You may encounter small groups, both within, and well beyond the borders of these reservations. Although classified as a game species in Washington, there is currently NO harvest of pronghorns authorized by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. The distribution of pronghorns in Washington overlaps that of mule deer. Hunters: Please be aware of the difference.

For more information on Pronghorn Antelope, see
https://wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/species/antilocapra-americana

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